At the Grammys red carpet things often get a little bit, well, weird. In 2013 they enforced a dress code – ‘no butt cracks, nip slips or side boobs’ – after years of musicians showing more skin than fabric.
In light of the Time’s Up campaign, this year’s ceremony may strike a different tone, but would we want to say farewell to bold and brilliant wackiness sported by some of the world’s biggest music stars?
To recap, here are some of the most outrageous Grammys outfits ever seen…
Nicki Minaj hit the red carpet in 2012 in a red Versace cloak, and on the arm of a man who looked like he was dressed like the Pope
For the 2011 Grammys, Katy Perry wore a Giorgio Armani custom skirt and bustier, with matching wings – as if she wanted to fly far, far away from (now ex-) husband Russell Brand
At the 2015 Grammys, Madonna chanelled a kinky matador in a risky bodice, fishnets and over-the-knee boots by Givenchy
In 2009, heavily pregnant M.I.A wore a super-tight sheer Henry Holland, with a polka dot patch covering her bump. Henry said to The Cut: “I was a bit worried about what the patch was going to cover with the belly involved, but she wore a little skirt with it.
“In 2002, Lil Kim took the term low-rise to the extreme, wearing dangerously low red leather trousers, a red leather biker jacket and matching red plastic sunglasses-meets-ski goggles. She had a Chanel helmet tucked under her arm, just because
We might not be used to seeing the sheer dress and pants combo, but in 1997 Celine Dion wore a brown crochet dress with nude pants underneath
American singer Joy Villa wore a pro-Trump dress, embroidered with the words ‘make America great again’, which was controversially designed by Filipino immigrant Andre Soriano for the 2017 Grammys.
If you had to sum up the Grammys in one picture it would be the plunging green Versace dress Jennifer Lopez wore in 2000 – in fact, it was a moment which inspired the creation of Google Images
Lady Gaga’s 2010 Grammys look was surprisingly designed by Giorgio Armani. She wore a number of different looks by the designer on the night, and said: “I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening. The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist.
“Toni Braxton’s white dress (can we call it a dress?) she wore in 2001 is the most outrageous of them all. She has since said of the look: “Things were up – the boobies were perkier, the cellulite was less. You got to do it when you’re young. I think the funniest thing was “Is she naked under there?” Like, what is she wearing under that?”
After the ‘no butt, no nip slips, no side boob’ rule was enforced in 2013, Kelly Rowland wore a black Georges Chakra Couture in 2015 with sheer panels slashed across her cleavage and thighs – and still managed to shock
In 2011, Nicki Minaj wore a Givenchy leopard print outfit, complete with a matching leopard print wig. As you do
In 2011 Lady Gaga arrived on the red carpet in a giant egg, which she was hatched from on stage. She has since said about her time in the egg: “I was in it for three days. It was temperature controlled.
“In 2001, instead of wearing clothes Traci Bingham chose rhinestones
Pink’s look in 2002 at the Grammys looked like she’d cut up bed sheets. To top off the look, she had black eyeliner drawn across her face
In 2011 Rihanna wore a daring sheer Jean Paul Gaultier gown with strategically placed stripes
Lady Gaga wore a number of wacky Giorgio Armani looks to the Grammys in 2011, including a dramatic sparkly hat. Bad luck for anyone sat behind her.